Looking for maple syrup fun, family style? Enter Shady Grove Maple Farm, nestled in the countryside not far from Kitchener. This time of year, this sugar bush is jumping with visitors keen to visit a full-production maple syrup farm. And this season has been perfect for maple syrup producers (cool nights and warmish days).
The farm offers horse-drawn wagon rides around the bush, live demonstrations of all the elements of maple-syrup production, nature trails you can wander, a petting zoo (featuring Billy, a goat with a serious personality), a pancake bar and a spacious indoor picnic area where you can smother your pancakes with delicious, golden maple syrup. Trust me – you will add more than you think you should for it is the best maple syrup you’ve ever tasted. They also have a little shop where you can buy their delicious maple-related items.
It’s a big hit with kiddos and grown-ups too – it’s nice to be in the bush on a wagon, enjoying snow and sun, and learning a little bit about Canada’s national tree-sap product. The petting zoo is a nice feature although try to keep the sticky fingers off the soft-coated bunnies – nobody likes sticky fur.
They are open to the public every weekend until April 15. The staff are friendly and the place is in good shape so check it out. Be a good Canadian: love your maple syrup.